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"No need to search. The purse has found you. Come get me weaklings!"
―Pursehead’s first words upon being created.[src]

"Foolish Power Rangers. You’re only putting off the inevitable; your destruction!Pursehead after Billy and Trini Kwan"
―Trini rescued their friends.[src]

"Silly White Ranger. I’m more trouble than you can handle."
―Pursehead when the other Power Rangers left him alone with Tommy.[src]

"Oh no!"
―Pursehead’s final words before returning to his purse form.[src]

Pursehead was a purse monster who served as the secondary antagonist of the episode "Two for One.”

Character History

When Tommy and Kimberly decide to go on their first date, Lord Zedd decides that this is a good time to mess with their personal lives. Since Tommy has recently rejoined the team as the White Ranger, Zedd decides that two heads were better than one and will create two monsters in a combined assault. During a date montage, he sends down the Putty Patrol to meddle in their affairs and they steal the purse belonging to Kimberly’s mother which she was given for this date. Pursehead is then created by Lord Zedd from the purse itself and is assigned the mission of destroying the Power Rangers at all costs. Tommy and Kimberly realize that the latter’s purse has been stolen but Pursehead appears and reveals where it has gone before challenging them into battle. Deciding to take him up on that offer, the duo morph to try and battle him but he produces a compact mirror and fires off beams from it, freezing them in time and space. With a third of the team utterly crippled, Zedd creats the Lipsyncher to force the other Power Rangers out and destroy them. The Rangers regroup at the Command Center and send Zack to help his friends. When he arrives, he confronts Pursehead and draws his Power Axe but is frozen by the mirror ray before he can even move.

Once Billy and Trini finish the Reverse Ocular Dilator to free their friends, they morph and go to the park. Pursehead welcomes them (having apparently been standing around twiddling his thumbs in the meantime) but Trini distracts him by hand-standing over and posing in front of him which dumbfounds the monster whilst Billy uses the Dilator. Said device not only unfreezes his friends but the ray that did so bounces off of them and strikes down Pursehead as well. However, Jason has been forced to fight the Lipsyncher alone before due to the others working on the Dilator and is in trouble to so they have to leave and help their friend. Tommy tells the others to help Jason whilst he stays behind to defeat Pursehead. Pursehead uses some mystical dental floss and traps Tommy in a rope like fashion but Saba helps Tommy by floating above and blasting Pursehead with his eye lasers. Pursehead is badly hurt and releases Tommy from his stranglehold. He then dashes at the monster and performs multiple powerful strikes, sending the monster sprawling. After that devastating flurry of attacks, Tommy unleashes a drop kick so powerful that Pursehead can no longer maintain his form so he dissolves into red energy and returns to the form of Kimberly's mother’s purse. Due to the instant reversion, throwing a Growth Bomb is impossible. Even so, Zedd remains confident that he will emerge on top with the Lipsyncher so decides but the Thunderzord Assault Team make short work of her.

Personality

Pursehead was a cunning, sinister and cold monster that took great pride in destroying the Power Rangers. However, he was also insanely stupid and easy to trick because Trini hand-standing up to him and posing was enough for him to be stunned so Billy unfroze the other Rangers which became his downfall.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Strength-Pursehead was able to throw Tommy around with ease.

Abilities

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Weaknesses

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Arsenal

  • Staff-Pursehead wielded a massive staff resembling a cotton bud. It would have presumably been used as a club but he never attacked with it.
  • Compact Ray-Pursehead wielded a large pocket mirror that could fire a large red-silver ray capable of freezing the Power Rangers’ minds and rendering them immobile.
  • Giant Dental Floss-Pursehead could pull out a large pack of dental floss that he used to tie Tommy up like a lasso.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • Pursehead was voiced by Richard Cansino despite having a very high-pitched voice.

Design

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Etymology

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Notes

  • Pursehead was the first monster in Power Rangers history who, despite having a Super Sentai counterpart, only appeared in original footage. This was followed up by Doomstone.
    • The change was necessary since he did not grow in Dairanger (since he was obliterated before he could use his Growth Bomb) so there was no Zord fight and the rest of his footage featured the Dairangers in such a way that they would be impossible to edit around.
      • Even If they could have somehow worked their way around it, his destruction shot involved him being surrounded by massive spears.
  • Despite being the reason for the Lipsyncher’s existence in-universe, she was the reason he was adapted at all in a meta perspective. Lipsyncher actually grew twice in the original two-parter she was featured in during Dairanger. The growth and city shots from her first battle were used here but only the second one actually used in Two for One.
  • For whatever reason, Pursehead had kanji on the front of his face like in Sentai footage. This is despite Saban blatantly having the monster suit and no footage of him being used that would mean that they would need to keep this for consistency’s sake.

Appearances

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See Also

References

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